Environment: fracking

We watched Josh Fox’s award winning film Gasland on Saturday and learned what terrible health and environment problems had been caused by Fracking in the US. I was shocked to then hear yesterday that George Osborne and the energy companies have announced plans to use this destructive technology all over the UK to extract Shale gas. Shale companies will pay communities £100,000 per well where fracking takes place and 1 per cent of revenues once production starts. Everyone should be informed about the toxic pollution of water and air and the implications it has on life around these wells.

Gasland can be bought on DVD at http://www.gaslandthemovie.com/whats-fracking
or viewed online for free at https://youtu.be/6mp4ELXKv-w

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Stained glass: St John the Apostle, Torquay

St John the Apostle is the prominent church which overlooks Torquay Harbour. At night a large neon cross shines brightly from the tower. This was given in memory of Cecil Maude, the famous actor-manager by his wife, the later Mrs Beatrice Maude and dedicated by the Bishop of Exeter on 8 Sept 1955. Information here is taken from a short guide to the church.

I’d wanted to visit this church for many years as some of the windows are by Edward Burne-Jones. I wasn’t disappointed, the church has a wealth of beautiful stained glass.

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